Can I Breastfeed While on Antidepressants?

September 8, 2015

Many mothers wonder whether it is safe to take antidepressants while they are breastfeeding. The best way for you to determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking antidepressants while you are nursing is to consult with your physician. Below is a list of things that have to be considered when determining whether it is safe for you to continue to take antidepressants while breastfeeding:

All Antidepressants Are Not the Same

There are several different antidepressants available and different antidepressants can affect the body in different ways. Studies have shown that certain antidepressants are not detectable in breastfeeding babies. While some antidepressants have been deemed safe for breastfeeding women, some may not be safe, so it is best to schedule an appointment with your OB-GYN to discuss your options.

The Risks And Benefits

Before doctors recommend any medication, they have to take the risks and benefits into consideration. There are many risks that can be associated with going off antidepressants. For example, a mother’s depression may worsen if she stops taking antidepressants. However, some antidepressants may be too risky for a woman to use while she is pregnant or nursing. If you are on antidepressants, you should not stop taking antidepressants without your doctor’s consent.

If you are taking a medication that has been shown to cause health problems in a developing baby, then your physician may recommend another antidepressant. Your doctor may also reduce your dosage. Doctors will typically recommend the lowest dose possible.

Contact the OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

If you have questions about any medications you are taking while pregnant or breastfeeding, contact the OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch. We will be able to answer any question that you have about the medication you are taking and ensure the healthiest option for you and your baby.